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senator durbin was kind enough to quote and to reference are that in the united states, we have an enormous african community which can be strategically vital as american businesses seek to access these growing opportunities across the continent of africa. we also look to bolster support for agencies that finance u.s. commercial engagement overseas. our competitors, particularly the chinese, have a very different approach to finance and the united states need to better coordinate and align to enact legislation. the goal set in this legislation is a 200% increase is an ambitious goal, a 200% increase in u.s. exports to africa in the necessary ten years. but if we were to accomplish this goal in a cost-effective way through more responsibly coordinating the investments we're already making in these federal agencies that can better coordinate u.s. private-sector efforts, think of how many jobs we might create, think of how many countries we might connect better to the united states, think of how many towns and workplaces across this country would been fit. senator durbin, i just wa
sandy hook have helped achieve a compromise on gun safety in the united states senate. flying is old hat for business travelers. the act of soaring across an ocean in a three-hundred-ton rocket doesn't raise as much as an eyebrow for these veterans of the sky. however, seeing this little beauty over international waters is enough to bring a traveler to tears. we're putting the wonder back into air travel, one innovation at a time. the new american is arriving. >>> what impact did these families specifically, their presence this week, have on your breakthrough? >> i'm a parent, i'm a grandparent. it's this, i'll share. i can't imagine. i can do something. i can do something. >> that was west virginia democratic senator joe manchin trying to answer the question of what the presence of the families from newtown, connecticut in washington this week has meant to his efforts to craft a compromise with republicans on gun safety legislation. today, manchin and republican senator pat toomey announced a bill that would expand the background system to cover all commercial gun sales, included those
children. a few minutes ago, a minority in the united states senate decided it was not worth it. they blocked commonsense gun reform even while these families looked on from the senate gallery. support universal background checks that make it harderwere talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with severe mental illness. 90% of american support that already the law. a few minutes ago, 90% of democrats in the senate voted for that idea. but it is not going to happen is 90% of republicans in the senate voted against that idea. a majority of senators voted yes to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. minorityis continuing was able to block it from moving forward. i will speak lately and honestly about what happened. the american people are trying to figure out how it didn't happen. we had a democrat and a second amendment with a grades commonsense compromise oni want courage inem for the doing that. it was not easy given their traditional strong support for second amendment rights. as they said, no one could honestly cl
, and the views i represented on the floor of the united states senate are their views. >> let me bring in our news nation political panel. anna palmer, jonathan alter and. thank you. let's start off with you anna. the president says this is round one. what does round two look like? >> he and senator reid broekt promised they're going to bring this up again and again and you're seeing some of the gun control groups saying they're going to put up ads and go after senators who decided to vote against it. they're going to try to keep this in the in news s as much possible in the coming months. >> leaving that behind and moving on to immigration reform as if they both can't be addressed but there seems to be not just a concern with republicans but concerns of the white house of this overlap. >> absolutely. i mean it's going to be a tight schedule and certainly a top priority. the president has said his top priority for second term is immigration reform. they're going unveil the legislation later today and that's going to take up a lot of time and energy. it's very hard to see they could continue
in the united states senate. i'm the world's worst cleaning lady. i'm here in your home, having a pretty spectacular tuesday. ♪ but i don't notice the loose rug at the top of your stairs. and that's about to become an issue for me. ♪ and if you got the wrong home insurance coverage, my medical bills could get expensive. so get allstate. [ dennis ] good hands. good home. make sure you have the right home protection. talk to an allstate agent. make sure you have the right home protection. we believe it can be the most valuable real estate on earth. ♪ that's why we designed our newest subaru from the back seat forward. introducing the all-new, completely restyled subaru forester. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. >>> what impact did these families specifically, their presence this week, have on your breakthrough? >> i'm a parent, i'm a grandparent. it's this, i'll share. i can't imagine. i can do something. i can do something. >> that was west virginia democratic senator joe manchin trying to answer the question of what the presence of the families from newtown, connecticut in
. and now the world is watching the united states senate. it is watching the senate to see whether democracy works. sounds simple, but it's true. will democracy work to reflect the majority of the united states of america, the majority of our people who say we need to do something about the guns? that is what the families said to me that day and in days since, and what people in connecticut and across the country have said to their senators, we must do something about gun violence. i remember talking talking to one of the families that evening and saying, you know, when you're ready, we ought to talk about what we can do to stop gun violence in measures in the united states congress, and she said to me, i'm ready now. the united states senate must be ready now to act. it must keep faith with those families and victims as the world watches, with benjamin andrew wheeler, age 6. his father, david, his is here today and he is here in spirit as we decide in the united states senate today whether we will move forward toward progress. ana grace marquez greene, also age 6, her mother melba is here t
the united states senate and the congress unanimously passed a measure to bolster mental health reporting requirements on background checks. some states like mine, texas, have received high marks for their compliance but many states have essentially been noncompliant and the department of justice has failed to adequately back up implementation of the law so essentially the law that we passed in the wake of the virginia tech shootings that require reporting of people that are judah kate at mentally ill in their respective states is not working the way it should. rather than just string along and ineffective program i think this is a wonderful opportunity for us to fix fix it and we shod fix fix it. i want to say just a word though about symbolism versus solutions. i am not interested in congress voting on a measure that would have no impact on the horrific violence we have seen in recent months. i am not interested in a symbolic gesture which would offer the families of the sandy hook shooting the old real solutions that they seek. to a person they told me they are not political, they don'
to the american people and to the united states senate through our wonderful chaplain, he basically said it all. we are still reeling from the senseless violence at the boston marathon yesterday. one thing, though, we are united and there's sympathy for the victims of this senseless attacks and the families who are suffering today. the victims. adding to the horror of this tragedy are the questions of who did this and why. the federal bureau of investigation, department of homeland security investigating this attack as aggressively as possible. as the president said last night, rest assured that the perpetrators will feel the full weight of justice for this terrible crime. on the anti-gun legislation before the senate, we're making good progress on the effort to schedule a series of votes to the amendments on the anti-gun legislation before the senate. i've had constructive conversations with my republican counterpart senator mcconnell. the american people deserve to know where we stand on these important antiviolence proposals. there are disagreements, mr. president, as to what we should do wi
not in committing themselves to at least engage in this debate on the floor of the united states senate. what about background checks on the second amendment? the gun lobby argues background checks are unconstitutional, given that justice scalia made it clear in the heller decision on the second and they said basically the second amendment is a personal right to bear arms, not the right of a militia, which it then argued for years. scalia said in that decision laws imposing qualifications on the sale of arms are presumptively lawful. there's no doubt at least in scalia's mind that a background check is consistent with the second amendment. the gun lobby also argues background checks are in effect is. you've heard this argument, how do you? all the law-abiding citizens who live by them, but the criminals won't. nearly 2 million prohibited purchasers have been blocked from buying a gun since background checks went into effect. there is so careless they try to buy a gun anyway. the argument that is why are there so many gun crimes committed? well, because they get done through other means, which is an
, and it has watched connecticut. now the world is watching the united states senate. it is watching the senate to see whether mockers he works. democracy works. to reflectacy work the majority of the united states of america, the majority of our people, who say, we need to do something about the guns? that is what the families said to me that day and in days since and what people in connecticut and across the country have said to their senators. we must do something about gun violence. i remember talking to one of the families that evening and saying, you know, when you are ready, we ought to talk about what we can do to stop gun violence in measures in the united states congress. she said to me, i am ready now. the united states senate must be ready now to act. it must keep faith with those families and victims as the , with benjamin andrew wheeler, age six, his father, david, here today, and andrew -- benjamin is here in spirit when we decide whether we will move forward towards progress. senator blumenthal of connecticut on the floor yesterday. dill tweets in -- let's hear what chris has to
the united states senate, and we will be held accountable for what happens here. history is watching. let us be on the right side of history. thank you, madam president, and i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from new jersey. mr. menendez: madam president, i rise as a parent, as a father, as an american who saw the horror of newtown. too many times, i have come to this senate floor to say i offer my thoughts and prayers to the parents and victims of a assault weapon attack, too many times, too many times. columbine, aurora, virginia tech, newtown, how many times will we have to offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims of gun violence? i have two beautiful children, alicia and rob. they are the most important and cherished things in my life. i don't know what i would do if anything happened to either one of them. so i'm here for them and for the children they may have one day and for every child in newtown and across america whose small voice has been silenced by a gun. i don't think it's an exaggeration to say that each and every member of
in the united states senate, compromise is being offered on something that 92% of the american people agree with. universal background checks. universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists. the united states of america is by adam, an ed american al qaeda on the f.b.i.'s most wanted list who taunts america and says this, you can see it on buzz feed, america is absolutely awash with . sily attainable firearms large capacity clips. you can get them even without ny identification. this from the most wanted on the f.b.i. list. we need to vote in the united states congress. if these young children had the courage to go after their assailant, if the teachers stepped in the way to protect, does congress have the will and the courage to stand up and merely do what it was elected to do? cast a vote in both chambers. cast a vote on behalf of the american people. cast a vote on behalf of these children, on behalf of these parents who have come here to besiege the united states its ess only to do responsibility, to do what we .ake the oath of office for 92% of the american people b
with colleagues to get as much support as we can. i gave a speech on the floor of the united states senate last evening on this issue. talking to individual senators, participating in our caucuses. we had an emotional caucus yesterday. give begin heard was there, senator joe met -- getty giffords was there, senator joe manchin gave a speech. senator tim came from virginia talked about what happened at virginia tech. senator blumenthal talked about his experiences at sandy hook. it was an emotional day. host: here is a media advisory put out by senator dan coats office. be in aenators will press conference to introduce substitute amendment to gun legislation that they say would fix the background check system , provide resources to address mental health and school safety and protect veterans from false health declarations. host: it is an effort to give cover for people voting against gun safety legislation. it will contain the loopholes we currently have in law. the gun show loophole, the internet issues -- they are not resolving his legislation. so, it is a never to say to people who vote for i
there will be 60 votes to have a big debate on gun control on the floor of the united states senate. we'll bring you up to date right here on current tv. this show is about analyzing criticizing, and holding policy to the fire. are you encouraged by what you heard the president say the other night? is this personal or is it political? a lot of my work happens by doing the things that i am given to doing anyway. staying in tough with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. not only does senator rubio just care about rich people but somehow he thinks raising the minimum wage is a bad idea for the middle class. but we do care about them, right? vo: the war room tonight at 6 eastern (vo) current tv is the place for compelling true stories. (kaj) jack, how old are you? >> nine. (adam) this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines. way inside. (christoff) we're patrolling the area looking for guns, drugs bodies ... (adam) we're going to places where few others are going. [lady] you have to get
week is going to be who runs the united states senate, do the people really run this place or does the nra run it, because 9 out of 10 people should probably be able to get something done here. the nra is going to put their reputation, their mythology on the line, i think this time they are going to lose. >> what do you make of the effort and the forces lined up on the other side of the debate from the nra here? obviously, the families who are the family members of the victims of the newtown massacre in your state are the most potent emotional core of the other side of the nra in this debate, but there's mayors against illegal guns and the group against gun violence and the new moms group that formed after newtown and the gabby giffords and mark kelly effort, the brady campaign, who's been there for so long, this connecticut congressional delegate. how do you assess your own strength being on this side of the fight? >> well, it matters in two respects, one, these families who are down here this week, i'm in awe of them. they are in the middle of grieving and they are coming down to
be filibustered after today in the united states senate." by no means should we rally the american people because we had to go with a full-court press to even go this far. >> that's very true. we see over and over on these eaches t issues that the republicans are responding to a very narrow corner of their base. they are seeking things that the american public are not interested in, does not agree with. but they are going to persist in doing that and just like you said they hear loud and clear from the american people that the direction that they are going in is the wrong direction for america. >> the american people have to be clear on this. it's their rally and it's their moving forward and the president appealing to them that got us on what -- if i would have had this conversation with you senator, after newtown, we would have thought someone was crazy to say we were going to have to fight like this just to get background checks. but here we are getting background checks and trying to make that the beginning of a long walk toward gun safety. >> yeah. and we still need to vote on background che
in the united states senate. >> bill: there is too many guns on the street. >> no, no. this is about mental health. every one of those heinous crimes was carried out by someone who is severely mentally ill. >> bill: right. but they get access to the guns. >> what this administration is doing is the worst. >> bill: but answer my question here. >> sure. >> bill: if you require firearms registration. >> right? >> right. >> therefore, the criminal doesn't register. >> um-huh. >> because they wouldn't. right? >> okay. >> the criminal wouldn't. >> okay. >> and they grab them either state, local, no matter, what or federal. you slap a 10 year mandatory on them. >> um. >>um that would control bad guys from getting guns. >> let's take the example then. let's apply your here to adam lanza and sandy hook. he didn't have those guns registered. his mother did. >> bill: right. >> he walks in and kills. >> could not stop it. >> could not stop it. >> and there would be not one of us would feel any better. >> bill: you could stop it in chicago with that little 15-year-old girl getting gunned down. >> how? >
and very energetically on the united states senate. we'll worry about the house in the next step. what we have going for us is not only the newtown families but the majority of american people. 90% want common sense measures. in the end, the american people are on the right side of history. >> quickly, i would like to hear from you what you believe can change the game or the dynamic that would convince republican colleagues of yours to support this legislation. and i asked that because you've pointed out, you have the polling on your side. yesterday i saw in an interview with a newtown family member who said they met with one of the senators opposing this legislation. and they spoke respectfully to one another. in the end, they left again with the same opinions they went into the room. she wanted gun control legislation and the lawmaker she spoke with was still standing where he was and seeing there as a violation of someone's second amendment rights. what can you say that would persuade a republican who is not willing. >> what i say, if their constituents speak from them, if they hear fr
after today in the united states senate." graham, who appears to speak with fork tongue, offering one of several alternative measures aimed at watering down legislation, and yet through all of this, and in a remarkable display of dignified courage, the families of newtown are maintaining the pressure. in their third day of meeting with lawmakers today, family members went as senator chris murphy read the names of newtown's murdered children and their careers. jillian soto, the sister of slain teacher victoria soto, said her grief will not be silenced. >> we're here to protect their legacy and we're here to honor them and demand something be done. demand our voices be heard and something gets done and we receive a vote. >> white house spokesman jay carney said the president called newtown families almost immediately after the vote. >> the president congratulated the families on this important step forward noting that the bipartisan progress would not have been possible without their efforts. >> but he also emphasized that much work remains to be done. nbc's kristen welker joins us now
't able to get this done. despite the fact that a strong majority of the united states senate voted in favor of stronger background checks -- a strong majority -- republicans once again filtered -- pardon me -- filibustered a commonsense proposal. madam president, we were able to get four republicans -- 4 out of 45. yesterday president obama said it was a shameful day for the senate, and it probably was. i agree. but we should make no mistake, this debate is not over. in fact, this fight is just beginning. i've spoken with the president. he and i agree that the best way to keep working towards passing a background check bill is to hit a pause and freeze the background check bill where it is. in the meantime we'll keep moving forward with the people from aurora, colorado; blacksburg, virginia; newtown and other places to make sure that we are able to get something done. thil allow senators to keep negotiating. mr. president -- i'm sorry. madam president, we had nine amendments yesterday. they were not easy to vote on, not for us or for the republicans, and i understand that. but it w
that mitt romney would be president, that republicans would win the majority in the united states senate, that there would be a three-way majority between the house, the senate and the presidency and we could put america back on the right track. i hoped for that, mr. speaker. i prayed for that. i worked for it, but i watched as though as the election results came to be untrue as we lost some seats here in the house and lost some seats in the senate and, of course, the president was re-elected that night and the plans of probably half, very close to half of the american people had to be changed and altered because we planned to put free enterprise back in place, we planned to repeal obamacare, we planned to do some other things, but one of the things we didn't really plan so much to do was take up the immigration issue in the 113th congress. . even though ip gracious was hardly a blip. and if it was debated, it was debated in iowa loo likely debated in iowa the first and longest. as i tune my ear to these issues, i didn't notice it was a paramournt topic or a plank in barack obama barack
their son one of the united states senators growing up poor and going to public schoolses an enorus pt the american experience. we he theve brightest in america. young men and women who came to this country through no choice of their home, they came here because their parents came here when they were children. the only national anthem they know is the star-spangled banner. the reality is america is their home. after enormous investments in them after education and they have the opportunity to contribute to america's wealth, growth, and competitiveness we turn our backs to them. so this is a moment to meet one of america's tough examples in a way that it smart, secures our borders and at the end of the .ay preserves our history [speaking spanish] [speakingpanish] thank you very much. [applause] >> actually i changed my mind. i'm kidding. [laughter] >> not again. not again. >> once was enough. [laughter] >> it's been fun. one of the things that makes our nation special and dirvet from the rest of the world we're a nation of immigrants. it can't be said enough. what makes -- what distin w
of his party in the united states senate, many of whom just jumped all over him yesterday? >> i think he likes that. i don't think he's -- he is like, look. he got a very favorable "the washington post" editorial and he'll love that. "morning joe." very favorable commentary right here. i guarantee you if he is up watching this right now, got a good david brooks column. he kind of excited this morning. people said this is kind of important to him. the fact all of these guys i'm trying to do something. in his mind, the white house is not totally out of bounds here. they say if we do this it will throw the republicans off and we have put something out there and this is something we would have agreed to any way in the larger context. understand, this president wants a grand bargain. he is going to give away the store in august of 2011. absolutely going to give away the store. he wants that grand bargain. and they view this as the best negotiating strategy and a lot of people disagree with him. they really want this. he genuinely want this. >> going on the lot and offering 26,000 he has the o
connecticut. now the world is watching the united states senate. >> reporter: he went on to show pictures of some of the children and staff members killed at sandy hook elementary four months ago. senators will vote this morning on whether or not to move forward with debating gun bims recently propose -- bills recently proposed. that includes the bill proposed yesterday by joe manchin and pat toomey. they want to expand background checks to include online gun sales and purchases at gun shows. they also plan to require states to submit mental health insurance to the criminal background system and push states that don't comply. >> illnesses that make them them a dapger to themselves and others must keep weapons out of their hands. >> reporter: we'll continue to listen in. i will have the latest reaction from u.s. lawmakers next hour. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> an autopsy is now scheduled on the burned body of a man found along a san jose freeway. the body was found tuesday. firefighters were out there putting out a brush fire on the coddle road onramp to highway 85. now, police
and it's watched connecticut. now the world is watching the united states senate. >> reporter: he went on to show pictures of some of the children and staff members killed at sandy hook elementary four months ago. senators will vote this morning on whether or not to move forward with debating gun bims recently propose -- bills recently proposed. that includes the bill proposed yesterday by joe manchin and pat toomey. they want to expand background checks to include online gun sales and purchases at gun shows. they also plan to require states to submit mental health insurance to the criminal background system and push states that don't comply. >> illnesses that make them them a dapger to themselves and others must keep weapons out of their hands. >> reporter: we'll continue to listen in. i will have the latest reaction from u.s. lawmakers next hour. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> an autopsy is now scheduled on the burned body of a man found along a san jose freeway. the body was found tuesday. firefighters were out there putting out a b
"happening now.". rick: fox news alert. news out of d.c. the united states senate rejected effort to block debate on new gun control legislation. the senate voting 68-31 to allow debate to go on. 16 republican senators voted in favor of the debate. two democrats voted against the debate. this does not mean all of sudden there are new gun laws on the books. it simply means the senate will debate new gun legislation for the first time in 20 years. the deal worked out, bipartisan deal on expanded background checks will most likely be a part of what they will be debating. there will be other amendments as well. still a long way to go before any new gun legislation gets to the president's desk. but the first hurdle at least has been overcome. jenna: more on that as we get it. meantime the dairy industry is looking for a sweet deal, pun intended hoping to add sweetener to make. fda considering this proposal but the plan is coming under fire from some farmers and as well as some consumer groups as well. doug kennedy is live at our new york city newsroom. not to confuse my dougs in my life. there
on the amendments process, that's always a treacherous path for the united states senate, people can always introduce poison pills, various amendments on things to hurt the overall legislation. but you'll probably see so many senators in agreement on this, that it might not be that big of a problem. >> how far are we in this process, how much support it has? are they 80% through? >> there's eight senators involved and rubio from 92 senators and then you have to open it up to the house. and president obama has been very supportive. this is a key issue for him. some of the liberal groups are going to say we don't want this to be a trigger for some of the -- democrats offline that it's not a trigger, it's goals and that could be a major sticking point and it's up to obama to say whether that trigger is okay or not and he's going to be taking a lot of pressure so that could be an issue that causes rubio to have some heartburn. >> 50% there? >> i think more than 50% is there, we still have struggles on the house, but it's coming along. >> gun legislation will fit the senate floor as soon as tomo
with deadly poison are set to the president and a united states senator. it's all "happening now." a lot of news to bring to you on this thursday morning. "happening now" president obama will speak at a memorial service for victims of the boston marathon bombings in just a few minutes. good morning i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. we will dip in and out of this interfaith service at boston's cathedral of the holy cross. you can see just a beautiful cathedral the service just getting underway. this is just about a mile from the site of the twin opl bombings on monday where three people were killed and 176 wounded in the worst terror attack on american soil since september 11th. we are live in boston with more. rick. >> reporter: as you might imagine very heavy security in the streets outside the cathedral here that have been shut down. we have boston police s.w.a.t. team members behind us as well as hundreds of officers lining the road here. you can see a lot of of the folks behind barricades. the line began before dawn this morning to get into the cathedral, and about an hour ago it
states senator that's also been subject of the investigation by the fbi. for more information about these matter, i'll refer you to the fbi. the president, i'm sure, you'll ask, the president has been briefed on the letters, briefed last night and again this morning. secondly, there is, obviously, interest in the explosions in boston, and i wanted to make clear as you heard from the president yesterday that our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families injured, as well as killed in the act. the federal weight behind the investigation is led by the fbi. as the president said, we'll find out who did this, find out why, and bring those responsible to justice. that said,s is very important that we allow the investigation to run its full course and retain the integrity of that investigation. therefore, on matters related to the investigation, i would direct you to the fbi. as you know, the fbi is giving them pressings in boston with another briefing today. the president, as you know, has been briefed regularly on the incident in boston. beginning almost immediately after it t
holding those jobs simply to sit there and be called a united states senator? >> but, mike barnicle, here is the rub. as shakespeare would say, here is the rub. if they vote against common sense criminal background checks they will not be there for 18 years. the history is not on wayne lapierre's side. the history is on the 94% side. the 90% side, the 87% side. you pick the poll. not only are they doing the wrong thing, they are doing the wrong thing politically if they don't show courage today and support the background check to keep the guns out of the hands of rapists and terrorists and violent criminal offenders. >> i have a question we might want to ask. i don't know if they dropped the united states in front of their title senator voting against background checks. the question is this. less than 48 hours ago, four blocks from where i sit right now, two devices were exploded. it's terrorism. the intent of terrorism is to make people fearful, to make americans fearful, to gather, to assembly, to go to ballgames and to stay home and coward in their homes. how is it, senator, that ameri
at an assault weapons ban is doomed in the united states senate. now we have this laborious process of senate debate you going to be amendments probably going to weaken it even further. you have the nra waiting for that deterioration to take place. you have politicians that quake at the sight of an nra lobbyist faced with a dilemma. are they influenced by the very human tragedy they are being faced with or will the instincts to quake at the feet of the nra going to take over in the final result? >> eelahe, i would like to look at poll numbers. a new poll shows 65% of women favor stronger gun laws. you what about the gender gap issue. what accounts for that? is it a matter of difference in who ounce guns or a different temperament between the sexes? >> the gender gap on gun laws has been a long-standing one. men are three times more likely to own guns than women and your opinions on gun control and gun legislation are influenced or determined by whether there's a gun in your home. you are seeing the newtown shooting, of course that affected all americans, but mothers, they feel that that speci
week ahead of us here on several issues. tomorrow, the gang of 8, so-called in the united states senate will be revealing its comprehensive immigration reform legislation legislation. marco rubio did seven sunday talk shows yesterday to try to take credit for all of the work that others have done on that issue. and it could be on gun control there could be a vote as early as wednesday on the universal background check compromise that was forged and hammered out by democrat joe manchion and pat toomey of pennsylvania. meanwhile, the mother of one of the sandy hook victims gave the weekw president's weekly address and an aussie won the mast erse. you will find out more about that on current tv. young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us
, not only is harry reid a united states senator but also a a husband, a father, a grandfather and i hope friend of lots and lots of people, i choose to vote my conscience because, if tragedy strikes again, i'm sorry to say, mr. president, it will, if innocents are ung.a.o.d down in a classroom, theater or restaurant, i would have trouble living with myself aes a senator, as a husband, a fathers, or grandfather and friend, knowing that i didn't do everything in my power to prevent that incident. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: last few days have been trying ones for our nation. monday's attack in boston reminded us that terrorism can still strike anywhere a at any time. and as yesterday's news of an attempt to send ricin to the capitol reminds you it is important as ever to take the steps necessary to protect americans from those who would do us harm. and this morning i'd like to recognize the postal and law enforcement officials for their excellent work in detecting and preventing this threat before it even reached the capitol. t
but the newtown parents coming down here and personally leadplead with these united states senators showing unbelievable courage and even that is not enough to make a difference? >> in moments like this, i think you have a chance when you have real-life moments like these parents that are coming down. these are practiced politicians. they would rather be doing something else besides flying down here and remembering their lost children. i think that's why you have joe manchin and toomey. they say this is too important. i connect on a parent level, on a personal level not a on a political level. that's why you have those two leaders willing to at least move the ball down. people like us, i think, don't think this should be the first of 10 votes. >> a voice vote. move on to the hard one. this should be the easy one. but that is the nra strategy is don't give them an inch. so they fight to the death over an inch. it's been a political strategy that lapier and those guys follow all along. >> the last note i saw on this i think was on daily beast or daily caller was
not reached the president of the united states. so the deadly intended to is son has not been delivered. so far the civil is working. jenna: this facility is a remote facility we should mention far away from capitol hill as well as the white house. judy, if you stand by for us, jon has more information for us. jon: jude i did, i want to help everybody go back to the attacks of 9/11 when the nation was very much in shock and on the heels of that came the anthrax attacks. apparently anthrax first mailed to a tabloid newspaper in boca roo tone, florida. where a photo editor was ultimately killed as a result of inhaling the anthrax spores. there were letters sent actually to this building where the "new york post" is in residence among other facilities. and as well as -- >> to me. jon: and to you as well. take us back to what the thinking was at that time. it just seemed like the entire world was coming apart at the scenes. >> it did and that was exactly the intention of the people who were trying to tear or eyes us -- terrorize us at that moment. these are weapons of terror -- [inaudible] beca
themselves for a least in caging this debate on the floor of the united states senate. what about background checks? the gun large lobby argues it is unconstitutional even though justice scalia made it clear in the heller decision that said basically second amendment is a personal right to bear arms not the rights of the militia but laws imposing conditions and qualifications of the commercial sale of arms are lawful so there is no doubt in his mind that a background check is consistent with the second amendment and it also argues background checks are ineffective. you have heard this. pass all laws that you want and the law-abiding citizens to live by them but the criminals want. nearly 2 million prohibited purchasers have been blocked from buying a gun since back run checks went into effect so careless and stupid they tried anyway. they were stopped. why are there so many crimes committed? because they get the guns through another means through the ads in the newspaper that i mentioned revere and the argument that unless all lot is airtight we should not pass it will be used that standard
that seek to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants to the united states. republican senator marco rubio of florida, a member of the group, the so-called gang of eight, hit the rounds sunday to talk shows with a preview of the plan which includes three main policy steps. here he was. >> first of all a universally verified system which means you won't be able to find a job in the united states if you can't pass that check. second an entry exit check. 40% of people enter legally and overstay their visas. we don't track when they leave. and third is real border security including fences. >> senator rubio insists the plan does not amount to amnesty. he claims millions of undocumented immigrants now in the u.s. would not be able to become citizens for more than a decade. >> he made seven sunday shows. it will be interesting to see how that goes. 38 minutes after the hour. look at some of the stories trending this morning. was this justs bieber being beebe e? the singer and pop legend getting some heat for what he wrote in the guest book to anne frank's house where frank and her family 4id fro
. these concerns continue in the united states senate today. about emails thing that was raised again by senator boozman. i explain my idea of having a secondary email was started by christie todd whitman and is continued by democrats and the balkans following. one republican had as a moniker, tofu@epa.com. in order to figure out what they need to answer, they have done that. i would like to ask you for the record, i understand the epa inspector general is looking into the agency's emailed management practices. are you aware of this ever and could you describe us what you know as of this date how that is going? >> inspector general is doing an audit, which we are participating in. i certainly feel and i believe the agency does as well that it is a great opportunity for us to have their independent view of what we can do well and approval on. the acting administrator is working closely with them and we are going to be taking their recommendations to heart and doing everything we can improve the system at epa, as we always would. >> ok. i will yield my time to senator vitters. i have to ask you --
acceptable, likable to certain sectors of 435 members of the congress of the united states. but i'm sure once we, once the senators unveil theirs and we shortly thereafter unveil ours, as i expect we will, then i think you'll hear people say, pick and choose different parts. but it's going to be a comprehensive immigration reform bill. and i've got to tell you something. the american public on november 6th said, stop picking winners and losers, get together in a bipartisan approach. it's what we want you to do. and that's what mario and i and a lot of other really good men and elm with on the republican and democratic side are doing on the issue of immigration. the people yesterday that were clamoring for change here in washington, d.c., expect no less. they don't expect me to wake up in the morning and fight with mario and that that's the challenge of the day. they expect me to sit down with mario and find 218 votes, republican and democratic, and get this done. >> does this, realistically, have to get through the senate first before the house takes it up? >> i don't think so. >> look, we ha
: i think the senate of the united states let the american people down yesterday. it was hard for me to fathom some of the basic provisions that enjoyed the support of over 90 percent of americans were voted down. a majority of the senate supported it, but as you know, we have the rules that require 60 votes to a dance certain provisions. certainvance provisions. ad was probably my most disappointing day so far in my short tenure. host: are there a lot of nra members or gun owners in wisconsin? guest: there are many gun owners, just like the country, wisconsin is reflective of that, but i would say the hunting culture and tradition is very deep. if you think about last year's deer hunting season, over 650,000 hunting licenses were taken out in wisconsin. that is over 10 percent of the that participate in the enjoy is the tradition of hunting deer. there are other hunting seasons also. expandingdea of background checks and reducing the% of sales that take place without a background check was widely embraced. and the measures against trafficking. we all know too many of the incidence o
states. i am very high on this young senator from a florida. host: another issue in the news. gun control of the legislation. we see a major gun rights group is breaking with the powerful nra and coming out in favor of the bipartisan proposal on background checks by senator joe manchin of west virginia and senator pat toomey, republican of pennsylvania. the citizens committee for the right to keep and bear arms. this,gnificant is senator? guest: i don't know. these people have a right to their viewpoint, but i'm a lifelong member of the national rifle association. when my son was born 26 years ago, my only goal gave him a gaveription -- my uncle him a subscription of the youth magazine of the nra. the second amendment protects gun rights for decades and decades. for another group to come along and claim to be the second- largest gun rights organization is fine. there's more of a schism than this article mentions. i looked at it this morning on the front page of the washington post, also. there's another group to the right of the nra. said the nra on thursday it's probably a good idea to g
of this letter said this matter is part of an ongoing investigation by the united states capital police and fbi. i want to thank our law enforcement officials for their hard work and diligence in keeping those who work at the capitol complex safe. in ricin poison found at that time no one was injured but there was no letter levever fou so no rayses were ever made. the united states postal service says their primary concern is keeping employees safe, customers safe and keeping the u.s. mail safe. >> peter doocy live for us in maryland this morning. thank you. >>> other news to bring you noul. it is a some der day in london where we take a live look at the coffin of margaret thatcher as it arrives in st. pauls kau they had dral. amy kellogg joins us from london with more. >> hi patti ann. high hi heather. it is being delivered to the chapel where there will be a short service then it will be carried on to st. paul's cathedral where the funeral is going to take place. vip guests have been arriving over the past hour at st. paul's cathedral. this is going to be the funeral for margaret thatcher
-hour conversation between the senate and the president of the united states about the most substantial issues that we face in debate on the floor and got a better understanding from where everybody is coming from and a better understanding of where we need to get to. >> brian: when you made up the roster, why was it important that marco rubio be on it? >> well, i love all my senate colleagues. i picked the 11 other people other than myself that i thought represented the south, the north, the midwest and the west, both in the political spectrum, new england, moderates, right of center. i tried to get a good coalition that represented what the senate republicans stood for. >> brian: marco rubio was able to come. in terms of an engagement, was there anyone who engaged more with the president when it came to economic issue, guns or immigration? >> no, in fact, immigration came up a little, same thing in terms of guns. most of the discussion was about fiscal policy, about the tax policy, about revenues, about entitlements. that was the gist of the meeting and the heart of the meeting. >> brian: wh
government, local units of getting, getting the senate involvement in it and that. so i'd like maybe you to reflect on and tell us things you think. i know, there's good operation. everybody has gotten your budget cut. you have gotten your budget cut. that means fewer people, you know, doing boater education on zebra mussel. you have fewer people talking about, you know, one problem we have incurred in the national forseeses. people fish along stream and used to dump the earthworms, you know, thinking this is good. they help the forest. i remember doing it as a kid. there wasn't any education, there wasn't any discussion about it. there was a research about what it meant when everybody was dumping their earthworms around trees. so do not! they don't in to -- [inaudible] [laughter] no. but if you could just kind of, you know, tell us a little bit about how, you know, maybe we have an endangered species legislation. maybe we need an invasive species legislation. maybe we need to talk about how we put all hands on deck both at the national, federal, local and community level on dealing with
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